Current Research on Suicide and Parasuicide: Selected Proceedings of the Second European Symposium on Suicidal Behaviour, Edinburgh, June 1988

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Outcome of suicide attempters with respect to
repetition: A six-month follow-up
A. PHILIPPE, J. Y. GAUTIER and M. VERRONSuicide attempters constitute a high-risk group for repetition. International surveys ( Hawton et al. 1982; Morgan et al. 1976; Myers, 1982; Retterstol, 1973; Wang et al. 1985) show the importance of repetition among suicide attempters, and repeaters represent a large minority of hospitalised suicide attempters, with a frequency of 20-40 per cent; there were 41 per cent in our own survey in 1980 ( Davidson and Philippe, 1986). These results emphasised the chronicity of suicide pathology.Follow-up surveys show that repetition risk is particularly high during the year following the key admission, especially within the first three months. The incidence ranges from 10 per cent to 30 per cent.This work is the first part of a prospective research on a twelve- months period following a suicide attempt, with regard to repetition rate and existence of psychiatric disorders. The goals of the follow-up study are to evaluate the frequency of repetition and to test the predictive factors of repetition which have been pointed out in our previous study. In the present chapter, situated at mid-term follow-up, only repetition will be regarded.
Material and method
Altogether, 403 people were admitted to the hospital in Lorient (Brittany) between 1 October 1986 and 30 September 1987. Among them, eighty-two repeated once or more during the six months after the key admission. There were 490 admissions during this periodThe survey has two phases:
a. At the hospital, suicide attempters are interviewed. Data

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